‘Preserving the White Race’ : Some Australian Women’s Literary Responses to the Great War

Abstract

Surveys poetry and verse, personal narratives and popular novels written by Australian women about the Great War. Finds as major preoccupations and concerns in this type of literature: fear of threats to their class and race caused by war; fear for the family; glorification of White Australia; concerns about the future of the British Empire.

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Published 1 October 1985 in Volume 12 No. 2. Subjects: Australian war literature, Australian women writers, Literary portrayal, Racial identity - Literary portrayal, World War I.

Cite as: Bassett, Jan. ‘‘Preserving the White Race’ : Some Australian Women’s Literary Responses to the Great War.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 12, no. 2, 1985. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.0273838997.